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Can Eating Hot Peppers Help You Lose Weight?

Posted Apr 29 2010 4:54am

When anybody is trying to it’s always useful when some useful  information comes along that may be able to help the process. Scientists have been studying what happens to people when they eat certain types of hot foods and how it can affect their metabolism.

They have discovered that peppers contain a substance called capsaicin, which tends to be found natively in hot peppers when you eat enough of them, they create a warming effect within your body.

The way that they came up this theory was that this particular substance, contained within peppers is to help protect the plant if it is being attacked by predators such as insects, etc. And due to their small size it has more of an effect on them. However, when we eat this type of food it just makes us get hotter.

The way that they came up this theory was that this particular substance, contained within peppers is to help protect the plant if it is being attacked by predators such as insects, etc. And due to their small size it has more of an effect on them. However, when we eat this type of food it just makes us get hotter.

For those of us who might not like to eat hot foods, there is a variation of this particular substance called dihydrocapsiate DCT which has the same effect but doesn’t have the hotness in comparison to the other which is  capsaicin.

To find out what sort of effect of this would have on people, using DCT which is the cooler of the two. The scientists conducted a study to see exactly what would happen to people whom ate this particular variant of the ingredient.

During their study, they recruited 30 men and women, and initially they were put on a low calorie liquid meal replacement diet for 28 days, then the researchers involved in the study started to swap things around a bit they get some people, a placebo and the others were given the DCT.

During the study, the participants were given two levels of DCT to see what the effects were on their bodies. Their body weight and their body fat were both measured at both the beginning and the end of the test period to see what differences, there were.

The data that they collected proved without doubt that the control group that ate the high level of DCT had a higher expenditure of energy in comparison to the placebo group, it was a double the amount.

They also found out that DCT enable’s the oxidisation of fat within the body. Which in turn will help the body to use fat as fuel, and help the person to .

The one limitation of this study was that it was based on one particular meal only, and the effects could be different with other body sizes so it could be different if you’re leaner or obese/overweight. But overall though it seems that peppers are good for you.

So if you don’t eat peppers already why not start now it’s never too late. They do have a lot of health properties so, even if they don’t have the same effect as on the participants within the study it’s still worth eating them, nonetheless.

Source   http://www.sciencedaily.com

Post from: Weight Loss Blog (Lose That Tyre)

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